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Beyoncé Knowles Carter, a 16-time Grammy winner, actress, entrepreneur, beauty and style icon, wife of hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, and new Mommy, has yet another distinction to add to her belt: People Magazine has named her the “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” of 2012.

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Beyoncé, who is often referred to as “flawlessly beautiful,” is featured on the magazine’s cover, and as People Magazine writer and editor Janet Mock notes, it’s the “first time in 9 years that a Black woman lands this coveted cover.”

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Back in 2003, actress Halle Berry was named “World’s Most Beautiful Woman”; she and Beyoncé are the only two Black women to hold the honor in 22 years. Sasha Fierce has appeared in the special issue, which hits newsstands Friday, eight times prior.

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But forget the prestigious honor of being a raving beauty, what matters most to the phenomenally gifted singer is that she gave birth to the joy of her life, her 3-month-old little girl, Blue Ivy Carter.  “I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth,” the 30-year-old tells People Magazine in an exclusive interview. “I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a purpose on this earth.”

Besides her busy mommy duties, Beyoncé certainly stays on top of her game career-wise, she is slated to perform in Atlantic City over Memorial Day weekend and is also said to be working on a forthcoming album.

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